It's seven years since the launch of Tufnell Park Film Club (with a screening of Robert Altman's The Player) and to mark the occasion, our screening on Tuesday 6 August will be a choice between seven films that all have seven in the title.
Instead of the usual show-of-hands voting system, we want to give as many members as possible a say in what we show. Simply send us an email sometime between now and Monday 29 July telling us which one of the below films you’d like to watch on Tuesday 6 August.
There may even be cake.
"The mother of all remakes, Sturges's film ought to be known as 'How The West Was Fun'". - Film4
Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from oppressive bandits. As Elmer Bernstein's unforgettable theme music blast away in the background, the all-star cast (including Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn) flesh out each of its characters, allowing the audience to pick their own favourites. Watch trailer
"The filmmakers stick to their vision with such dedication and persistence that something indelible comes across -- something ethically and artistically superior to The Silence of the Lambs that refuses to exploit suffering for fun or entertainment." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Two detectives, rookie Brad Pitt and veteran Morgan Freeman, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives. David Fincher's dark, stylish thriller ranks as one of the 1990s most influential box-office successes. Watch trailer
"It is endlessly imitated and spoofed; it is also an august pinnacle of high-risk, high-art filmmaking, and one with a reputation for being far more forbidding and humourless than it actually is." - Tim Robey, Telegraph
A knight (Max Von Sydow) seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. Endlessly imitated and parodied, Ingmar Bergman's landmark art movie retains its ability to hold an audience spellbound 60 years after its release. Watch trailer
“It’s an early Ray Harryhausen carnival of monstrosities, but one of his most delightful…” - Empire
When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war. Widely regarded as the best Sinbad movie, the film features a Bernard Herrmann score and is one of the greatest showcases of Ray Harryhausen's legendary stop-motion animation. Watch trailer
"Fans of gritty 1970s New York City crime cinema (and who isn't, really?), should absolutely seek out The Seven-Ups, both as a fascinating piece of a larger crime cinema tapestry, and as a thrilling action film in its own right." - Cinapse
A tough detective (Roy Scheider) who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money. The only directorial effort of Philip D'Antoni, producer of the action classic Bullitt, it's a gritty slice of the Big Apple. Watch trailer
"Monroe takes over the movie the minute she appears onscreen, wearing impossible outfits and telling the most ridiculous stories with the lightest touch." - Josh Larsen, Filmspotting
When his family goes away for the summer, a so-far faithful husband (Tom Ewell) is tempted by a beautiful neighbour Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps best remembered for the iconic image of Monroe standing above a subway vent with her dress billowing up from the air blast, the film remains a 50s comedy classic. Watch trailer
"The film is as charming as it is novel in conception and execution and it is so bound to appeal as strongly to grown-ups as to youngsters." - Kate Cameron, New York Daily News
Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household. Investing three years, $1,500,000, and the combined talents of 570 artists into his first feature film, Disney produced a film that was not only acknowledged a classic from the outset but has easily stood the test of time. Watch trailer